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21  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Jewelry holder + efficient use of space on: July 28, 2009 11:01:15 AM
I moved in with my partially-disabled mother a couple of years ago, and had to pare down from a full house-worth of stuff to what would comfortably fit in with her possessions. (I did store a bit!) So I am forever trying to find ways to store things without taking up space.
Also, I make jewelry and like to buy from other crafters, so I have an awful lot of jewelry, especially necklaces.
And, lastly, I had the perfect empty spot between my closet and a window that just screamed "Use me!". So I did  Grin:

I'm going to fill in the screw holes and touch up the paint, but I've realized that I have more necklaces than will reasonably fit on these three holders, so I'm looking around at other weird spaces to fill with hangers.
I love that I get to look at all my pretty pieces every day!
22  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Simple rose petal sachet = "LUV" mojo bag on: July 27, 2009 08:18:19 PM
Let me explain first why this simple little craft means a lot to me. My guy and I aren't exactly the "hearts and flowers" types, so when he does something that's traditionally romantic it is significant. I tore my ACL (fairly essential ligament in the knee, for the layperson) the weekend before Valentines' Day this year, so I was too hobbled and doped up to do what we had planned. So we had a picnic in bed, with him feeding me pasta by candlelight (which was funnier and considerably more messy than he intended, I think  Cheesy), and he brought me a single perfect rose. I wanted to make a memento of that night, both to remind me of how concerned and sweet he was then and of how he's been just as caring through the whole ordeal.

So I made this:

Closeup of the beading and embroidery:

The little bag is made of the ribbon from the rose, cut into strips with the wire removed and stitched together to make fabric. The ribbon looks like this:

The dried rose petals are inside, along with a little note to remind me that I'm lucky to have him.  Smiley The embroidery is backed with plain white cotton sheeting that I spritzed with his aftershave. The whole thing just makes me smile and feel all gooey inside.
23  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Bramaggeddon (aka Building a better bra) on: August 22, 2006 08:28:33 PM
lemontree said something in one of her recents posts about trying to create a pattern for bras by deconstructing one of her favorite ones. That got me thinking about how I'd love to make my own bras, but how I've never seen a bra pattern. I guess you could adapt a bikini top pattern if you wear soft-cup bras, and maybe that would work. But what if, like me, you're a firm (*snicker*) believer in underwires?
     Has anyone tried making their own bras? If so, what pattern did you use, and what were your results like?
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